The Well of Purification by Rabbi Hirsh Hurwitz of the Federation of Synagogues, Leeds, England, 1921 – 5681.

WellLeeds01This is quite a scarce little book that is not listed in Cecil Roth’s bibliography and seems to be only listed in four libraries worldwide.  It was printed in Leeds, a hundred years ago, in 1921, by S. Tunick.

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It is a discourse on the place of mikveh in the Jewish ritual, with some essential regulations.

Rabbi Hirsch Hurwitz was born in Vilna in 1863 and gained Semicha (his rabbinical diploma) before he was 21. At the age of 21 he was appointed Rabbi at Yesna, Lithuania. After occupying a second post, at Casadora, Lithuania, Rabbi Hurwitz was elected Rabbi of the Beth Hamedrash of Sunderland, in northern England in 1903.

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In 1911 he formed a committee with Rabbi Samuel Isaac Hillman of Glasgow and Rabbi Israel Chaim Daiches of Leeds to organise a Rabbinical Conference in Leeds. He was then elected as Rabbi of the Federation of Synagogues in Leeds, at the New Brigate Synagogue, a post he held for 35 years until his death in 1946.

He served as the Head of the Beth Din (Rabbinical Court) of Leeds, serving together with Rabbi Israel Chaim Daiches and Rabbi Sinson.

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